Publication Date

2016

Abstract

[Excerpt] Although paid leave is often framed as an issue that matters to working women, paid parental leave is also critically important for fathers. Policies that ensure fathers have the support they need to prioritize their family responsibilities, while also meeting work demands, can significantly increase the personal and economic well-being of their families. Paternity leave – and especially longer leaves of several weeks or months – can promote parent-child bonding, improve outcomes for children, and even increase gender equity at home and at the workplace. Paid parental leave for fathers, as well as for mothers, provides a real advantage to working families.

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Suggested Citation
U.S. Department of Labor. (2016). Why parental leave for fathers is so important for working families (DOL Policy Brief). Washington, D.C.: Author.

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